EPA Official Finally Testifies to House on Controversial Emissions Rules After Refusal in May
- June 21, 2023
The House is no longer “Waiting for Goffman,” a top Environmental Protection Agency official who appeared before Congress on June 21 after declining to show up to a similar May 17 hearing. In both cases, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability wanted the Office of Air and Radiation’s Joseph Goffman to discuss his agency’s proposed tailpipe emissions rules.
Protect the Public’s Trust, a group founded by Trump administration veteran Michael Chamberlain, has been calling for transparency over “apparent ethics violation” involving Goffman’s former employer, Harvard.
In April 2021, Goffman communicated with a former Harvard colleague in connection with the arrangement of a meeting. “Joseph Goffman appeared to violate the Biden Administration Ethics Pledge (EO 13989) prohibiting him from participating in any particular matters involving his former employer, Harvard University,” Protect the Public’s Trust wrote in an August 2021 ethics complaint to the EPA and its inspector general.